With digital information and storage becoming increasingly vital to academic research, University Libraries and Research Computing will open a brand new, state-of-the-art center on campus this month designed to help CU Boulder students and faculty manage their data, preserve it for the future and leverage it to pursue new lines of inquiry.
The Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship (CRDDS), located in room E206 of Norlin Library, is an advanced data infrastructure that aims to create a research and scholarly ecosystem for data and digital scholarship that will allow researchers to meet data preservation standards required by federal grants as well as share information more accessibly across disciplines.
The CRDSS will host a kick-off event at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 8, featuring distinguished speakers from across campus.
“The center will make it easier to re-use, re-purpose and generally share data across disciplines,” said Andrew Johnson, director of research data management for CRDDS.
The CRDDS will address a growing need for centralized support and infrastructure, including large scale data storage, new access to tools such as cloud-based data management and training for researchers.
“We see this collaboration between libraries and research computing as a way for us to highlight data coming out of CU Boulder and make sure it has the greatest impact,” said Johnson. “It has ton of potential to support our researchers on campus and engage in new types of inquiry.”
The CRDDS will offer one-on-one consultations for faculty and students as well as regular formalized training sessions. In the days leading up to the kick-off event, the center also will host a series of workshops open to the campus, noted below.
Tuesday, June 6
Noon to 2 p.m.
Interactive Data Visualization & Analysis with Python & Bokeh (Tim Dunn)
Wednesday, June 7
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Textual Data Basics Workshop (Nickoal Eichmann)
1 to 3 p.m.
Explore the Basics of Web Mapping (Philip B. White)
Thursday, June 8
9 a.m. to noon
Programming with Python (Shelley Knuth)